Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This is the quintessential old-Lisbon apartment, perfect for anyone seeking to experience the true feel of the city.
You will be staying in the 17th-century Lapa neighbourhood, a central, quiet residential area with cafes, restaurants and museums. Within a 15-minute walking distance to the heart of Lisbon, it is the ideal base for exploring the city’s highlights by day (the riverfront, Chiado, Baixa, Alfama and the castle) and night (the restaurants and bars of Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré), joining the trendy locals.
A protected late-19th-century building with all the distinct Lisbonesque architectural details, from the glazed-tile (azulejo) facades to the long, wrought-iron-railing balconies, from the tall French windows to the stone-framed kitchen fireplaces.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Costa de Caparica, Cascais, Guincho, Ericeira 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 13 km, Nearest railway: Cais do Sodré 1.8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Orta House, 100 sqm big, is owned and was renovated by an architect. The apartment's unique feature is its layout, taking up the whole third floor, with all rooms distributed along the four sides of the building.
Lisbon's particular sunlight and vistas – the colourful streets mounting the hills, the wide river and the iconic red suspension bridge – penetrate the house throughout the day, infusing a special atmosphere.
Full renovation brought in all the modern-day features (wood-frame double-glazed windows, fully-fitted and equipped kitchen and bathroom, central heating) while keeping with the traditional materials (solid-board wood floors, wood doors and shutters).
The quirky chic decoration is a markedly personal mix of contemporary design and traditional pieces, reflecting the owner's taste for collecting objects of past everydays. It will take Lisbon's very own charms to convince you to leave the house in the morning!
• Children are very welcome, although you should be prepared for a third floor with no lift.
• The double room has one double bed (140cm wide)
• The twin room has two single beds (each 80cm wide) that can also easily join and be used as a double bed.
• Fully equipped kitchen ideal for longer stays and family dinners.
• Furnished study area.
• The host or his English-speaking representative will be on hand to answer any questions and give you insider tips.
• Wi-fi internet connection throughout.
• There is no lift in the building.
The Costa de Lisboa/Lisbon region
Lisbon is one of the oldest, most characteristic and most charming capitals of Europe. Today, it bears testimony to its past, be it Roman (with a buried theatre and underground thermal baths), Medieval Moorish (the intricate fabric of neighbourhoods such as Alfama and Mouraria), Medieval Christian (the castle and cathedral) or Modern (the renaissance and baroque churches and monasteries, the neoclassical squares and entire quarters).
Lisbon now “mixes majesty and shabbiness in equal measure, and its hallmark is an energy that flows through its streets” (i-escape), with galleries, museums, theatres, shops, restaurants and clubs that add new layers to this ever-surprising kaleidoscope of styles, places and peoples. Lisbon’s centre is best experienced by walking its meandering streets and alleys, hopping on a tram or public lift (elevador), sitting outside in a café in the sun, on a square or up on of its belvederes, or inside a cosy bar tasting a glass of Port wine and a sample of the renowned Portuguese pastry.
Sitting at the mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo), to whose mirror-like surface the city owes its special light, Lisboa is at the centre of an area with multiple points of interest: nearby Belém, with its museums, the monastery, the cultural centre and the famous custard pasties; Cascais and Sintra, each deserving day trips; the beaches on the coast south of the city (Caparica and the Costa Azul); the coast to the north (Guincho and Ericeira for surfing, Torres Vedras for golf, Nazaré for the scenery); and, further afield, important world heritage sites such as Évora, Alcobaça, Batalha and Tomar.
Situated on the southern edge of Lapa, the apartment sits right next to two other characteristic Lisbon neighbourhoods: Santos, the riverfront area now dubbed ‘design district’ for its design shops, bars and galleries, and Madragoa, a tightly-knit old fishermen’s quarter home to some fine restaurants on picturesque streets.
In the immediate vicinity, the fine-arts museum (Arte Antiga), the Orient museum and the Houses of Parliament await your visit. Our road is served by tram number 25, which can take you up to the Estrela area (the famous baroque basilica – climb the cupola! – and shady park, ideal for kids) or down to Baixa, the traditional commercial core of Lisbon.
A 10-minute-walk will take you to the famous tram 28, which stops at Bairro Alto (for restaurants and nightlife, the Bica public lift and the Santa Catarina belvedere, where you can witness the most amazing sunsets), Chiado (for theatres, museums and shops), Baixa, Castelo (the castle, with the old town at your feet), Alfama (the stunning medieval town – check out the Fado restaurants!) and Graça (where the monastery, the flea market behind it and the national pantheon all deserve a visit). Even for locals, this is always an amazing ride, and you don’t have to visit anything to simply enjoy it! All along the way, as throughout the city, you can always stop in a pastelaria (café) and do what any Lisboner does several times a day: have a little espresso coffee and a sweet!
You will find transport links at your doorstep to Belém (a 15 min. tram ride along the river, check out the riverside park, great for kids), Estoril and Cascais (a 30 min. train ride right on the sea shore for the beaches, the casino and beautiful villages).
The owner will share further insider tips on the city so that you can experience Lisbon like a real Lisboner!